As the best batter for the Babar Azam-led team against England in the third and final Test at the Karachi National Stadium, Azhar Ali, a former captain of Pakistan, said his last goodbyes to the sport of cricket on Monday. One of Pakistan’s most productive test cricket batsmen, Azhar, announced his retirement from the sport during Pakistan’s match against Ben Stokes’ team in Karachi.

Azhar failed to get a fifty in the first innings of Pakistan’s match at Karachi and was eventually out for a duck. The great Test career of former Pakistani captain Azhar came to an unfortunate end when the grizzled batsman was dismissed for a duck during a Test match in which Rehan Ahmed made history. Azhar’s Pakistani colleagues did, however, present him with a guard of honor, while English players also praised him for a successful Test career.

It’s interesting to see Azhar on the list of undesirables with Don Bradman, Sourav Ganguly, Ian Bell, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Azhar from Pakistan is one of only five batsmen (with more than 6000 Test runs) to have a duck in the last innings.

“It has been a wonderful honor and pleasure for me to represent my nation at the highest level. It’s never easy to decide to stop playing, but after giving it some serious thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is the ideal moment for me to stop playing Test cricket,” Azhar said in a statement.

For Pakistan, Azhar took part in 96 Test matches. At Lord’s in 2010, the 37-year-old played his maiden Test match against Australia. For the Asian giant, the former Pakistani captain scored 7142 runs in 97 Test matches. Azhar had a tremendous Test career, with 19 hundred and 35 half-centuries.

I retire from international cricket as a player who, for the most part, achieved his objectives. Few cricketers go on to captain their countries, but the fact that I was able to do so with Pakistan fills me with immense pride. From being a young guy who started as a leg-spinner to being a mainstay in the Test batting line-up, I enjoyed the best experiences of my life, ones that I will always cherish, he added.